Intro: Livaeya the Toon
This isn’t a simple blog with a simple focus, and I’m not a simple player with a simple outlook on World of Warcraft. It’s not enough to play one class and do it well. For me, the true game is in the understanding and the experience of each mode of play – each class and role and capability. It’s a tough goal to meet in a game that’s as time-intensive as WoW is. Don’t worry, though, I’m not about to subject you to the full brunt of my alt army.
However, there are still two ‘voices’ to whom I do want to introduce you. Today is a glance at one of them, the mage whose conversations will usually revolve around exploding something or populating the world with a few more muton. Meet Livaeya.
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Class: Mage, Fire
10 / 48 / 3
Played: 49 days
(over 4 years)
Tradeskills: Mining (375)
Raid Experience: Molten Core, Onyxia, Blackwing Lair, Zul’Gurub, Ahn’Qiraj, Karazhan, Gruul’s Lair and more
Imagine yourself in the early days of the World of Warcraft Closed Beta Test. The Dwarf Beta* has just recently ended, and your character creation screen has blossomed into a veritable smorgasbord of options. Suddenly, your toon is allowed to be over 3ft tall and doesn’t have to have mounds of facial hair. S/he can be blue, green, yellow or purple, and where there was one faction, now there are two. What would you do?
Well, you might just pick the most visually appealing model (in your humble opinion, of course) and roll yourself a pretty, svelt human female whose pert behind is going to wash away the blocky dwarven butt that’s burned into your retinas. You might name her Livaeya and cry with joy every day for a week while she sashays around the world, blowing things up in a most un-dwarf-like manner.
Thus began our favorite girly-mage, who has survived unchanged since those earliest days. Her intelligent eyes and messy brown updo made such a lasting impression that she, like Rhoelyn, transitioned the beta-test wipe to the live realms to blast her way to 60 and then to 70.
In fact, she and Rhoelyn have been partners in crime for a very long time thanks to the glory of separate accounts. Their in-game experiences are similar, and you may as well hop back to the previous post if you want to know Livaeya’s resume of raid experience. She’s been everywhere that Rhoelyn has, and there have even been a few times when they were raiding together**. They make quite a dynamite pair, though Liv feels a little short next to her tall, purple friend. :P
Within the pervue of the mage, Livaeya has very broad experience with specs and modus operandi. In her day, she has spent time in each tree of her talents, so she knows the blast power of Fire, the mob control and massive crits of Ice, and the mental stamina of Arcane. She used to love tossing Slows around like candy and POM-Polymorphing Tauren in Arathi Basin. Now, she’s enjoying the simple mechanic of building up Improved Scorch debuffs and then whaling away with Fireballs. Soon, I’m sure she’ll just have to try out the builds based on Patch 2.3′s Icy Veins, but for now she’s pretty content where she is: burning ghosts to a cinder in Karazhan and vaporizing Gronn drool as a public service in Gruul’s lair.
The Gyst: Livaeya of Proudmoore is another World of Warcraft toon whose experiences and abilities translate directly to game play. She’ll be sharing the soothing grey theme with Rhoelyn, bringing the mage’s perspective and experiences into discussions of game mechanics, strategies, play styles, PvP and all kinds of WoW experiences. There’s one more voice to add to the mix, however.
To be continued, again …
* The internet seems to have lost a record of this event, but basically, the very earliest closed beta-test was called the Dwarf Beta. The only playable race was … well, c’mon. You don’t even need me to say it.
** 40-man raids were so much more forgiving.